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Smokers Deserve a Break on Health Care

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RUSH: This is David, Walla Walla, Washington.  Great to have you on the EIB Network.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hey, Rush. Thanks for having me on and taking my call.

RUSH:  You bet, sir.

CALLER:  Hey, I look forward to getting that book of yours.  My kids are interested in it as well, so we can't wait for that.

RUSH:  Thank you, sir, very much.  I'm excited by it, and I hope everybody enjoys it. I really do.  It was so much fun to do.  I appreciate that.  I really do.

CALLER:  Thank you.  Well, I found an interesting article in our local Sunday paper, talking about how starting October 1st individuals can buy their health insurance plans in the statewide exchange, and these premiums are just crazy.  For 21-year-olds and under, they're $175 up to $200, depending on how big of coverage you want, and for 40 year olds and more, they're $200 to up to $400 a month, and for 60-year-olds, they are $400 to $700 a month.  There's no catastrophic plans available at this point.  So you're stuck with these few options, and then they even have the platinum, which they haven't really indicated how much that's gonna cost.

RUSH:  Well, now, wait. Isn't that cheaper that what you're currently paying?

CALLER:  Well, for me, luckily, I'm actually working in a federal position right now. So I haven't seen or heard anything for me, but I was just recently out there in the workforce, and the way I see it, it looks more like an attack on the middle class, because 21s aren't going to care about it at this point.

RUSH:  They're gonna either have to have that or pay a fine.

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  The answer to your question is that. Your observation is right on the money: Where's the money?  They gotta pay for this somehow, right?

CALLER:  Well --

RUSH:  Where's the money?  Most people are middle class.  That's where the money is.

CALLER:  Right, and that's where the money is.  Right.  The 60-year-olds, I mean, they can't afford $400 or $700 a month. So, yeah.

RUSH:  Well, they're gonna have death panels to deal with.  They don't have to pay money.  Death panels will take care of that.

CALLER:  Right.  For smokers, I don't know how they're gonna be able to determine that.

RUSH:  Smokers?

CALLER:  You know, they're gonna go up and pay seven to 20% higher than those that are nonsmokers.

RUSH:  Right.

CALLER:  So, you know, this is just --

RUSH:  See, I think smokers are the ones who deserve the price break.

CALLER:  Well, yes.

RUSH:  'Cause smokers are the ones with their high taxes. They're paying for health care for kids.  Smokers deserve medals.  Smokers deserve a break on health insurance, because they're paying for a lot of it for kids. The children's health programs are specifically funded by tobacco taxes, and if it weren't for these tobacco addicts buying the stuff, those health programs might not exist.  Smokers, they're among the least respected people in our society, and they actually deserve a lot of thanks.  If anybody deserves a price break, it would be them.  They're already paying through the nose because of their habit.

CALLER:  Yes.  Exactly.

RUSH:  But you and I know they're gonna get hit because we hate 'em. We despise smokers.  They're as bad as terrorists! We make 'em hang outside in the cold, huddled like masses at Ellis Island.  We don't like 'em at all.  We really frown on 'em.  Anyway, David, I appreciate the call.  Thank you again very much.  I really do appreciate it. 

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RUSH: William somewhere in Michigan, great to have you on the EIB Network.  Hello, sir.

CALLER:  Mr. Rush Limbaugh, let me tell you, my friend, I have respected you for many years, and after you commented about the smokers a few minutes back, I have a new and different respect for you.  Thank you, sir, for the appreciation of smokers.  It's really appreciated.

RUSH ARCHIVE:  Well, somebody has to.  Somebody has to.  I'm one.

CALLER:  Glad to see we subsidize something.

RUSH:  Well, I'm a smoker, and I'm tired of being blamed for everything, and tobacco taxes are through the roof.  I've said this for a long time, primarily to irritate people, but the truth can do that.  Smokers, the taxes on cigarettes are astronomically high, and those taxes are paying for children's health care programs.  We ought to be thanking smokers instead of, you know, treating them as outcasts and so forth.

CALLER:  That actually makes me feel better.  Like I said.  Hey, by the way, on a second note here, Mr. Limbaugh, my mentor, this One Wipe Charlie deal, all right, I think it's a fantastic idea. I know there are other, you know, Cottonelle's got a thing out there, Wet Ones or what have you. You can use baby wipes, whatever. But I think it's a great idea, because I'm sick and tired of spitting on the toilet paper at certain times, right, to cleanse myself, my man.

RUSH:  Well, I hear you, I hear you, the spitting on the toilet paper, particularly if you're within mixed company.  That really is problematic, and I agree with you, I mean, what guy wants to use baby wipes?  And now because of American entrepreneurism, there's an answer, One Wipe Charlies.  If you're just joining us, I'm not kidding.  Four offensive centers, National Football League, are starting to endorse a product, One Wipe Charlies.  It's moistened toilet paper for men.  One wipe.  Eighty-nine percent satisfaction rate, documented market survey data. 

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What do you mean, what's wrong with bidets?  What man wants to use a bidet?  What man even knows how?  Oh, there's gonna be a lot of guys that want to use the wet wipe.  Nobody's ever gonna see it.  Who's ever gonna know?  You wait, you wait.  This wet wipe, this One Wipe Charlie thing is gonna be big.  It's gonna be huge. I predict it.  I guarantee you.  Our sales force is on it.  (laughing) Anyway, I appreciate it William, thank you. 

Here's Judy in Lake City, Tennessee, great to have you on the EIB Network.  Hi.

CALLER:  Leave us a little mystery, Rush.  This Obamacare, the whole reason behind it was there were 30 million uninsured, not untreated, but uninsured, and so as of three weeks ago, this administration had spent $684 million just in promoting Obamacare.  We coulda given each one of those 30 million uninsured $20 million apiece to set up a medical savings account, and Fox has had several programs about how depressed young people are.  Wait 'til they figure out since Obama took $719 billion out of Medicare, and it's running out of money, not only will they have to pay for their insurance or fine if they don't get it, they'll be paying for their parents' and their grandparents' medical treatment.

RUSH:  Yeah.  Exactly right.  By the way, you are right on the money when you talk about if the objective really was to insure the uninsured we coulda done that for -- I forget real number, but it was chump change.  I mean, nothing compared to what Obamacare's gonna cost, nothing.  Which just goes to show that funding insurance and covering the 30 million or whatever who didn't have it was bogus, a false premise, and a lie. 

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